Research & Development
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Evaluating the impact of animal genetics and genomics RD&E investment
This report provides an estimate of the economic value of benefits realised (or expected) by seed-stock & meat producers from...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Development and delivery of BredWell FedWell for the Australian sheep industry
Bredwell Fedwell (BWFW) is a practical, one-day workshop which highlights the key production benefits of genetics, plus feed management for...Sheep | National
Meat and Livestock Gene Technology e-bulletin 2013-2014
These e-bulletins were produced monthly for Meat & Livestock Australia by Agrifood Awareness Australia Limited. The purpose of the e-bulletins...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Improved methods for genotypic data analysis
Genomic selection is becoming a standard tool in livestock breeding programs, particularly for traits that are hard to measure. Accuracy...Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle | National
Development of an improved field protocol to assess lamb vigour
Lamb vigour scores (LVSs) are usually assessed during tagging and measurement of the lamb within the first 12 to 18...Lamb | National
Development of R&D plans for phala ris/cocksfoot
Phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) is an important perennial grass sown for meat production in temperate Australia. The species has a reputation...Sheep | Lamb | Grassfed cattle
Sheep Genetics Technical and Advisory Committees
A CMA is set up each year to cover associated costs of each of the committees that exist in the...Sheep | Lamb
These CMA's are to develop and support costs for the creation and piloting of new Sheep Genetics support tools and...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Service Provider Training and Accreditation
CMA's are set up to train service providers in genetics and ASBVs. Carcase scanners are tested to ensure they meet...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
Sheep Genetics Workshops
CMA's is set up most years to cover travel, accommodation, meals, venue hire, speakers costs, and any other costs relating...Sheep | Goat | Lamb | Grassfed cattle | Grainfed cattle
MLA invests in both on-farm and off-farm research and development projects with a wide range of project partners, including producer groups, peak industry councils, the CSIRO, leading Australian universities and international research centres.
The R&D program is largely funded by producer levies, with matched funding from the Federal Government. Levies are also collected by the processing, lotfeeding and live export sectors, for investment in projects that support the red meat supply chain beyond the farm gate. Non-levy R&D funding is provided by industry partners through the MLA Donor Company.
In 2018–19 MLA invested $170.3 million in a range of research, development and adoption programs. This included $94.2 million invested through MLA Donor Company (MDC).